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Written Answers

Thursday 19 June 2008

Belfast Agreement: Ethnicity

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: Any ruling on the meaning or proper interpretation of the relevant sections of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 or the Race Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 would be for tribunals or courts to make in the event of a complaint or legal action.

Consumer Credit

Lord Dykes asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (Baroness Vadera): There are no plans to include controls on lending to customers in the proposed banking reform or saving gateway Bills.

In 2004 the Government put in place Financial Services Authority (FSA) regulation of mortgages. The FSA's regime offers appropriate consumer protection—for example, by requiring that firms satisfy themselves that a mortgage commitment is affordable. The OFT regulates other consumer credit business. Regulation of consumer credit is being further strengthened with the implementation of the Consumer Credit Act 2006, due to be completed by October 2008. This Act has, among other measures, strengthened the OFT's ability to investigate and take action against firms which lend irresponsibly. The OFT will bring forward guidance on irresponsible lending later this year.

The Government maintain a regular dialogue with the financial services industry and other interested parties with the aim of promoting responsible lending practices. For example, BERR has established an expert working group to examine proposals to enable lenders to share more data on historic credit accounts, with the aim of preventing at-risk consumers becoming overindebted.



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Crime: Burglary

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: Table 1 gives the number of burglary offences recorded in south Belfast police district command unit, while table 2 gives the number of convictions relating to the same area. Data in tables 1 and 2 should not however be compared, for three reasons. First, data in table 1 refer to the DCU in which the burglary was recorded, while table 2 refers to the DCU in which an offender's address falls. Secondly, an offence recorded as burglary may subsequently be prosecuted on a different basis—eg, as theft. Thirdly, conviction data are collated on the principal offence rule, where only the most serious offence with which an offender is charged is included.

Because of the principal offence rule, it is not possible to identify those offenders convicted of multiple offences of burglary and any subsequent sentencing trends. It is only possible to give sentencing information for those offenders for whom burglary was the principal offence.

Table 1 covers the financial years 2005-06 to 2007-08, while table 2 covers the calendar years 2004 to 2006 (the latest available years).

The Government are giving particular attention to the problem of burglary in Northern Ireland. In 2007-08, a total of 11,698 burglary offences were recorded by police in Northern Ireland, which represents a net 37 per cent drop in the level of burglary since 2002-03 (when 18,659 offences were recorded). During the same period, the number of domestic burglaries recorded by the police decreased by 34 per cent, from 10,125 to 6,712. These reductions largely correspond with the timing of a NIO PSA target to reduce the recorded level of domestic burglary between 2001-02 and 2006-07, the final outturn of which showed levels of burglary down 25 per cent, well ahead of the 15 per cent target.

Table 1: Number of burglary offences recorded in south Belfast police district command unit 2005-06 to 2007-08
YearNumber recorded

2005-06

1,242

2006-07

1,188

2007-08

1,241

Source:PSNI, Central Statistics Unit
Table 2: Number of convictions, method of disposal and the average immediate custodial sentence length (in months) for burglary for south Belfast police district command unit 2004-20061
200420052006

Number of convictions

25

35

20

1. Average sentence lengths exclude those justice centre order
Source: NIO, Statistics and Research Branch


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Data Loss: Police Inquiries

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The PSNI has strict security arrangements in place with the independent public inquiries. Depending on the level of classification of the documentation, the material is either hand-delivered or sent via courier or recorded delivery, with the relevant inquiry signing and confirming receipt of all documents. I am informed that the inquiries also maintain records of documents they receive.

e-Borders

Baroness Hanham asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The strategic benefits endorsed by David Blunkett in the White Paper Secure Borders, Safe Haven in February 2002 led to the formation of the e-borders programme. Initial estimates in November 2003 of the costs for this were £959 million, with possible further contingency costs to a maximum of £1.336 billion, which included both capital and resource costings. Current forecasts for the total cost of the e-borders programme are £1.2 billion.

Embryology

Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty's Government:



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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): Applications for embryo research licences are considered by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's (HFEA) Research Licence Committee (which will refer to advice from the authority's Scientific and Clinical Advances Group). It will consider whether the proposed method for embryo culture and stem cell derivation complies with Sections 3(3)(a) and (4) of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1900 (HFE Act).

When human embryos are allowed to attach to the surface of a culture dish and outgrow their structure, it is not a breach of Sections 3(3)(a) and (4) of the HFE Act 1990.

The HFEA has not licensed the use of mouse embryos as a model of implantation regarding this issue. When considering this issue, the HFEA's Scientific and Clinical Advances Group found no published studies regarding the transfer of these outgrowing entities to the womb of any mammal. The view of the group was that the aim of culturing cells in this way is to attempt to create stem cell lines and there is consensus among the scientific community that it is not possible for these entities to achieve a pregnancy.

Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Darzi of Denham: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has committed to carrying out a review of all information it collects from centres, particularly to take account of the implications of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. As part of this it expects to have a protocol complete by December 2008. The HFEA has a Memorandum of Understanding with the General Medical Council, but has not to date reported any concerns.

Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Darzi of Denham: The information requested is not collected centrally nor held by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. Information giving the percentage of eggs donated to research and to egg-sharing arrangements is shown in the following table.



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Data on eggs donated to research or egg sharing arrangements where between 20-85 eggs were collected (1) (2) (3)
Centre codeNameCycles where at least 1 egg has been collectedCycles where 20 - 85 eggs have been collectedPatients where 20 - 85 eggs have been collected in a single cyclePercentage of all egg collections where 20 - 85 eggs were collectedEgg share cycles where 20 - 85 eggs have been collectedPercentage of cycles where 20 - 85 eggs were collected that were egg share cyclesTotal eggs collected in egg share cycles where between 20 and 85 eggs were collectedEggs donated for treatment of others in egg share cycles where between 20 and 85 eggs were collectedPercentage of eggs collected in egg share cycles (where 20 - 85 eggs were collected) that were donated for the treatment of other patientsTotal eggs collected in cycles where between 20 and 85 eggs were collected and some were donated to researchEggs donated for research where between 20 and 85 eggs were collectedPercentage of eggs collected in cycles where 20 - 85 eggs were collected and some were donated to research

0003

The BUPA Roding Hospital

76

1

1

1.3%

0

++

0

0

++

0

0

++

0004

Ninewells Hospital

2565

163

155

6.4%

0

0.0%

0

0

++

0

0

++

0005

Peninsular Centre for Reproductive Medicine

985

66

57

6.7%

11

16.7%

282

134

47.5%

0

0

++

0006

The Lister Fertility Clinic

8390

634

563

7.6%

50

7.9%

1143

670

58.6%

0

0

++

0007

Hewitt Centre for Reproductive Medicine

5717

379

357

6.6%

0

0.0%

0

0

++

0

0

++

0008

Midland Fertility Services

4079

492

450

12.1%

60

12.2%

1558

730

46.9%

20

10

++

0013

Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Coventry

2330

183

172

7.9%

1

0.5%

31

16

++

0

0

++

0015

Sussex Downs Fertility Centre

675

41

40

6.1%

0

++

0

0

++

0

0

++

0016

CARE Northampton

2295

137

127

6.0%

16

11.7%

389

204

52.4%

0

0

++

0017

Newcastle Fertility Centre at Life

3314

306

256

9.2%

9

2.9%

217

91

41.9%

177

37

20.9%

0019

Aberdeen Fertility Centre

2053

91

88

4.4%

0

0.0%

0

0

++

0

0

++

0021

Hull IVF Unit

1350

117

107

8.7%

4

3.4%

97

48

49.5%

0

0

++

0024

Centre for Reproductive Medicine, University of Bristol

3336

185

170

5.5%

0

0.0%

0

0

++

0

0

++

0025

University Hospital Aintree

387

5

5

1.3%

0

++

0

0

++

0

0

++

0026

BMI Priory Hospital

1690

104

96

6.2%

10

9.6%

212

102

48.1%

0

0

++

0028

BMI Ross Hall Hospital

449

33

32

7.3%

0

++

0

0

++

0

0

++

0030

Herts and Essex Fertility Centre

3252

315

280

9.7%

11

3.5%

324

160

49.4%

0

0

++

0031

Hartlepool General Hospital

406

4

4

1.0%

0

++

0

0

++

0

0

++

0032

Southmead Hospital

369

55

44

14.9%

0

0.0%

0

0

++

0

0

++

0033

Manchester Fertility Services LTD

2068

227

208

11.0%

0

0.0%

0

0

++

0

0

++

0035

Oxford Fertility Unit

4693

355

315

7.6%

88

24.8%

2218

391

17.6%

0

0

++

0037

Glasgow Royal Infirmary

3735

277

255

7.4%

0

0.0%

0

0

++

0

0

++

0044

UCH London

1776

111

102

6.3%

2

1.8%

54

27

50.0%

68

4

5.9%

0049

IVF Wales

2002

144

132

7.2%

0

0.0%

0

0

++

0

0

++

0052

Clarendon Wing - Leeds

6216

1160

1013

18.7%

2

0.2%

41

31

++

43

25

++

0055

The James Cook University Hospital

1409

48

47

3.4%

1

++

20

13

++

0

0

++

0057

Wessex Fertility Limited

2085

162

153

7.8%

10

6.2%

227

123

54.2%

0

0

++

0058

Edinburgh Assisted Conception Unit

706

23

23

3.3%

0

++

0

0

++

0

0

++

0059

London Women's Clinic, Swansea

1482

99

81

6.7%

56

56.6%

1310

688

52.5%

0

0

++

0061

CARE Sheffield

2155

21

21

1.0%

7

++

149

82

55.0%

0

0

++

0063

Assisted Conception Unit, St James' University Hospital - Leeds

3444

627

532

18.2%

0

0.0%

0

0

++

0

0

++

0064

The Chiltern Hospital Fertility Services Unit

753

69

63

9.2%

11

15.9%

292

136

46.6%

0

0

++

0065

Salford Royal IVF and Fertility Centre

175

7

7

4.0%

0

++

0

0

++

0

0

++

0067

St Mary's Hospital

3119

346

322

11.1%

0

0.0%

0

0

++

141

22

15.6%

0068

Leicester Fertility Centre

992

68

67

6.9%

0

0.0%

0

0

++

0

0

++

0069

Middle England Fertility Centre

380

14

14

3.7%

0

++

0

0

++

0

0

++

0070

The Bridge Centre

6102

209

190

3.4%

14

6.7%

313

199

63.6%

0

0

++

0071

CARE Wirral

196

6

6

3.1%

2

++

46

23

++

0

0

++

0073

The Portland Hospital Fertility Unit

345

7

7

2.0%

0

++

0

0

++

0

0

++

0074

Cromwell IVF and Fertility Centre, London

1489

184

162

12.4%

94

51.1%

2269

1147

50.6%

0

0

++

0075

London Women's Clinic, Darlington

999

157

124

15.7%

95

60.5%

2333

1157

49.6%

0

0

++

0076

NURTURE

1931

124

110

6.4%

31

25.0%

721

361

50.1%

0

0

++

0077

Regional Fertility Centre, Belfast

4749

362

326

7.6%

3

0.8%

78

38

48.7%

0

0

++

0078

IVF Hammersmith

5308

396

360

7.5%

0

0.0%

0

0

++

128

19

14.8%

0082

Newham General

256

8

8

3.1%

3

++

64

32

50.0%

0

0

++

0086

BMI Chelsfield Park ACU

1858

259

214

13.9%

0

0.0%

0

0

++

0

0

++

0088

London Fertility Centre

3387

473

421

14.0%

3

0.6%

74

58

78.4%

0

0

++

0094

The Centre for Reproductive Medicine

3295

143

141

4.3%

0

0.0%

0

0

++

0

0

++

0100

Bourn Hall Clinic

4845

463

434

9.6%

21

4.5%

523

268

51.2%

0

0

++

0101

CARE Nottingham

5716

404

366

7.1%

57

14.1%

1312

651

49.6%

0

0

++

0102

Guys Hospital

4093

509

453

12.4%

0

0.0%

0

0

++

0

0

++

0105

London Women's Clinic

1459

118

102

8.1%

26

22.0%

623

317

50.9%

0

0

++

0109

Assisted Conception Unit, King's College Hospital

3420

484

416

14.2%

0

0.0%

0

0

++

0

0

++

0115

Glasgow Nuffield Hospital

1550

75

73

4.8%

0

0.0%

0

0

++

25

2

++

0119

Birmingham Women's Hospital

2648

379

348

14.3%

68

17.9%

1777

878

49.4%

0

0

++

0133

The Winterbourne Hospital

1234

66

63

5.3%

0

0.0%

0

0

++

0

0

++

0139

Bath Fertility Clinic

1482

192

159

13.0%

0

0.0%

0

0

++

0

0

++

0143

London Female And Male Fertility Centre

251

24

21

9.6%

0

++

0

0

++

0

0

++

0144

The Woking Nuffield Hospital

2054

173

160

8.4%

4

2.3%

102

50

49.0%

0

0

++

0148

Shropshire and Mid-Wales Fertility Centre

473

64

56

13.5%

0

0.0%

0

0

++

0

0

++

0153

Homerton University Hospital

903

17

16

1.9%

0

++

0

0

++

0

0

++

0157

Assisted Reproduction and Gynaecology Centre

3788

552

502

14.6%

1

0.2%

33

11

++

0

0

++

0158

Chelsea & Westminster Hospital

1717

115

104

6.7%

1

0.9%

30

10

++

0

0

++

0161

BMI The Chaucer Hospital

1365

100

90

7.3%

3

3.0%

73

37

50.7%

0

0

++

0164

The Hampshire Clinic

132

7

7

5.3%

0

++

0

0

++

0

0

++

0165

Brentwood Fertility Centre

1177

50

45

4.2%

13

26.0%

308

152

49.4%

0

0

++

0170

Centre for Assisted Reproduction, Gateshead

748

75

61

10.0%

0

0.0%

0

0

++

0

0

++

0174

Wolverhampton Assisted Conception Unit

139

36

34

25.9%

1

++

28

9

++

0

0

++

0177

Diana, Princess of Wales Centre for Repro Medicine

703

77

69

11.0%

5

6.5%

110

47

42.7%

0

0

++

0179

South West Centre for Reproductive Medicine

1032

84

79

8.1%

0

0.0%

0

0

++

0

0

++

0180

Willow Suite, Thames Valley Nuffield Hospital

608

15

15

2.5%

0

++

0

0

++

0

0

++

0181

ACU, Lifestyle Sandy Lane Clinic

412

35

35

8.5%

0

++

0

0

++

0

0

++

0184

Burton Hospitals NHS Trust

894

56

50

6.3%

9

16.1%

244

120

49.2%

0

0

++

0185

CARE Manchester

2876

372

318

12.9%

112

30.1%

2826

1454

51.5%

0

0

++

0186

The Harley Street Fertility Centre

1258

98

93

7.8%

2

2.0%

42

13

++

0

0

++

0188

Isis Fertility Centre

947

28

27

3.0%

3

++

67

33

49.3%

0

0

++

0196

Centre for Reproductive Medicine and Fertility, Sheffield

1362

19

18

1.4%

2

++

44

21

++

0

0

++

0197

Salisbury Fertility Centre

188

35

33

18.6%

11

++

285

142

49.8%

0

0

++

0198

St Jude's Women's Hospital

366

64

57

17.5%

1

1.6%

36

16

++

0

0

++

0199

CRM London

822

92

86

11.2%

43

46.7%

1015

503

49.6%

0

0

++

0200

Origin Fertility Care

409

29

28

7.1%

0

++

0

0

++

0

0

++

0201

Edinburgh Assisted Conception Unit

1639

91

84

5.6%

0

0.0%

0

0

++

215

33

15.3%

0206

Reproductive Genetics Institute

1542

119

108

7.7%

0

0.0%

0

0

++

0

0

++

0208

South East Fertility Clinic

250

26

25

10.4%

2

++

42

20

++

0

0

++

Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty's Government:


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